Native mammals enjoy the good times at Naree

Published 18 Nov 2016 
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Kultarr at Yantabulla Station. Photo by Ofalia Ho<br/> Kultarr at Yantabulla Station. Photo by Ofalia Ho
A released dunnart found a hiding place in a nearby tree. Photo: Sue Akers<br/> A released dunnart found a hiding place in a nearby tree. Photo: Sue Akers
David Akers helping the research team take a hair sample. Photo by Sue Akers<br/> David Akers helping the research team take a hair sample. Photo by Sue Akers
Justin checking the traps. Photo by Sue Akers<br/> Justin checking the traps. Photo by Sue Akers
Ofalia and Justin taking measurements. Photo by Sue Akers<br/> Ofalia and Justin taking measurements. Photo by Sue Akers
Pitfal trap line on river country at Naree. This was under water just a few weeks ago. Photo by Sue Akers<br/> Pitfal trap line on river country at Naree. This was under water just a few weeks ago. Photo by Sue Akers
Stripe-faced dunnart deciding which way to go. Photo by Ofalia Ho<br/> Stripe-faced dunnart deciding which way to go. Photo by Ofalia Ho
Sue Akers and Justin McCann release a stripe-faced dunnart. Photo by Ofalia Ho<br/> Sue Akers and Justin McCann release a stripe-faced dunnart. Photo by Ofalia Ho

As a Bush Heritage student scholarship researcher, I recently visited Naree and Yantabulla stations with volunteer Ofalia Ho to survey small marsupials in an effort to understand their food sources. Responding to the recent winter rainfall and the boom in food supplies were Stripe-faced Dunnarts, Fat-tailed Dunnarts and a Kultarr.

The data we collected on this trip will be combined with that from insect and plant surveys to reconstruct the diet of these animals. This information will help us understand how they respond to increases in productivity, such as is occurring with the recent rain at Naree.

This field trip is part of a broader study I'm undertaking for my PhD, in which I'm looking at the boom and bust ecology of the ephemeral wetlands here at Naree and on neighbouring properties. 

Sue Akers, Bush Heritage's co-reserve manager at Naree Station says:

It's exciting that this is the largest number of small mammals found in our pit fall trapping to date, and the first Kultarr we have seen in the four years Bush Heritage has been in this part of the world. We really have had a wonderful winter and spring season.

A released dunnart found a hiding place in a nearby tree. Photo: Sue Akers<br/> A released dunnart found a hiding place in a nearby tree. Photo: Sue Akers
David Akers helping the research team take a hair sample. Photo by Sue Akers<br/> David Akers helping the research team take a hair sample. Photo by Sue Akers
Justin checking the traps. Photo by Sue Akers<br/> Justin checking the traps. Photo by Sue Akers
Ofalia and Justin taking measurements. Photo by Sue Akers<br/> Ofalia and Justin taking measurements. Photo by Sue Akers
Pitfal trap line on river country at Naree. This was under water just a few weeks ago. Photo by Sue Akers<br/> Pitfal trap line on river country at Naree. This was under water just a few weeks ago. Photo by Sue Akers
Stripe-faced dunnart deciding which way to go. Photo by Ofalia Ho<br/> Stripe-faced dunnart deciding which way to go. Photo by Ofalia Ho
Sue Akers and Justin McCann release a stripe-faced dunnart. Photo by Ofalia Ho<br/> Sue Akers and Justin McCann release a stripe-faced dunnart. Photo by Ofalia Ho